Green groups press Interior and EPA on methane emissions

More than 90 green groups across the U.S. are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department to regulate methane emissions from oil and gas industry operations.

"EPA needs to take immediate steps to produce regulations to directly reduce methane pollution from new and existing equipment from this industry," the groups wrote in a letter to Interior Secretary Sally JewellSarah (Sally) Margaret JewellBiden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA declines to tighten key air pollution standards | Despite risks to polar bears, Trump pushes ahead with oil exploration in Arctic | Biden to champion climate action in 2021 OVERNIGHT ENERGY: EPA proposes reapproving uses of pesticide linked to brain damage in children | Hispanic caucus unhappy with transition team treatment of Lujan Grisham | Schwarzenegger backs Nichols to lead EPA MORE and EPA chief Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyInterior announces expansion of hunting and fishing rights across 2.1 million acres Time to rethink Biden's anti-American energy policies Solar could provide 40 percent of US power generation by 2035, Biden administration says MORE on Thursday.

The groups include the Clean Air Task Force, Center for Biological Diversity, and National Wildlife Federation.

They go on to say that without firm controls on methane, the nation will not reach the targets laid out by the Obama administration to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The Interior Department must also revise its rules on air pollution from offshore oil and gas sources to accommodate a "fragile" Arctic environment, the letter adds.